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'Storage Wars' Star

Commits Suicide

Days After Drug Arrest

2/12/2013 5:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0211_mark-balelo_facebook"Storage Wars" star Mark Balelo killed himself today by carbon monoxide poisoning ... TMZ has learned.

Multiple sources close to Balelo tell us he was found dead in his car ... which was parked and running in the garage at his auction house in Simi Valley, CA.

According to our sources, Balelo had been arrested for a drug-related offense on Saturday.

We're told when Balelo got out of jail he was distraught, and asked his fiancée to come over because he was afraid he might hurt himself.

We're told they met at his office on Sunday, they talked for a few hours, he took a 4 hour nap -- and when he woke up seemed better.

The fiancée left Balelo at the office Sunday evening. We're told one of Balelo's employees found his body Monday morning.

Balelo appeared on a handful of "Storage Wars" episodes over the past few seasons.

Law enforcement sources tell us an autopsy will be conducted tomorrow.

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121.

Bill    

First Hester Now this.

514 days ago
122.

Jason    

He only appeared in a "handful" of episodes, yet the headline says Storage Wars STAR Commits Suicide??

514 days ago
123.

Ruki    

He was in the show a couple times and yea i liked him i wonder why they never put him in the show.?? I would have stuck to it if they kept him.

514 days ago
124.

taxman3132    

YUUUP

514 days ago
125.

Miva    

So sad to hear that a young man takes hims own life, no matter what. Found his girlfriend article here http://showbizdaily.net/celebrity-couples/elizabeth-metzidis-storage-wars-mark-balelos-girlfriend-fiancee-photos/, her name is Elisabeth and they were engaged

514 days ago
126.

Elizabeth    

Maybe something happen to him in jail maybe he was raped and he could not handle that?

514 days ago
127.

Michael Waters    

While I don't condone taking hard drugs (assuming thats happened here), he is another needless victim of the failed, costly, and ridiculous "War on Drugs."

514 days ago
128.

Mazor    

This guy wasn't a star he was a loser that was on like three episodes, and his only move is outbidding everyone and then owning a locker with nothing of value in it.

514 days ago
129.

Michael    

What makes him a "Star"? Just being a schmo on a reality show does not constitute an actor who has trained and paid their dues for the same title. Just say "Storage Wars Guy". With that said I did enjoy his "The Champ is Here!" line. lol

514 days ago
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Fritz    

It's sad when someone doesn't seek mental help and are left to believe that suicide is the only recourse to their problems.
The guy was a millionaire and had a family and friends who loved him.
If he was this distraught over a drug arrest then I wonder how this guy made his millions and maybe there was far more to this drug arrest then we know.
Maybe he was into a drug scene that he was afraid that would get exposed and would have put into prison for years.
Anyway it was a sad thing and I feel so sorry for his friends and family.......

514 days ago
131.

Carla628    

Sad. Get Help!!!! Trouble don't last always.

514 days ago
132.

serenitylane    

faim kills

514 days ago
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michaelarcangel    

suicide is the most cowardly selfish act there is....especially to loved ones...he isnt gone..he hears all of us plainly...and..hes feeling like a complete idiot for doing that...so hes got alot to learn..which...is what heaven is for.....say hello.

514 days ago
134.

highangeleyz00    

I wonder if they found a NES01 Nintendo in the car too? Too bad Dave Hester wasn't with him.

514 days ago
135.

Driller    

doggone , can we see this on 1000 ways to die? reality TV at its best when it dies

514 days ago
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